Tall stature

Primus E. Mullis

in Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes

Second edition

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Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199235292
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608232 | DOI:

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Tall stature

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The term tall stature simply means that the child’s height is above the 97th percentile (corresponding to a standard deviation score (SDS) of +1.88). It says nothing about the underlying cause and is not itself a growth abnormality; indeed, most children with tall stature are normal. Although as many children have heights greater than 2 SD above the mean as have heights greater than 2 SD below the mean, tall stature in childhood usually generates less anxiety than shortness and, therefore, referral for tall stature is less common than it is for short stature.

Chapter.  5305 words. 

Subjects: Endocrinology and Diabetes

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